Alpinestars Hellcat Riding Jeans
Knee Armor Placement Is Off
I'm 6", but I have small waist. As in the video, I bought my waist size which was 30. I'm a new rider, when I had the pants on it felt like they fit. But then later I realized the knee armor was way to high while riding and sitting in chairs later on. At first I didn't realize it, also there isn't any explanation of where the knee armor is suppose to sit exactly. The knee armor I received was different than what was shown in the video. I don't know if I got an older model or something.
The video says the knee armor is moveable up and down. It barely moves at all, like a few centimeters, doesn't even make a big difference.
If you have a slim body type, I wouldn't recommend these jeans at all, you'll have to get a shorter waist size but then the knee armor will be way to high. Hemming the bottom of the jeans doesn't move the knee armor up and down. I brought it to a tailor and they said it'd be complicated to get it resized properly.
If you only focus on the waist size like the video says, you'll miss the knee armor being in the right size. If the video shows the knee armor and how little it moves up and down, you'd see it doesn't really make a difference.
If the size was great I'd be happy with it. But I already took off the tags only realizing once I was riding that they kept riding up and the knee protectors didn't work at all.
I'm considering just using my motocross knee guards with these pants and removing the CE rated knee pads, but they're too skinny to really fit them underneath well, and over it isn't much protector either.
April 20, 2015
Also for the winter
thick enough for the winter, a bit warm for the summer
January 19, 2015
Quite surprised at how good these look even with knee pads in. Knee pads need to get formed to your knee for a while. Before that they look hectic. I tried them on with the hip pads inserted and the fit was great, but then I put my shorts on and went to remove the hip pads and one of the velcro strips ripped off completely with very little force. It didn't matter much to me since my shorts have better CE rated hip pads but I was a little disappointed that they just came apart so easily. I inspected the seems on the other velcro strip and the rest of the jeans and they all seem top notch. I will most likely remove the other velcro strip now instead of re attaching the one that came off and use my riding shorts underneath.
December 29, 2014
I ended up returning these pants. The denim is a little thin. The styling and fit is awesome. But the deal killer is the length is too long for me and there is no easy way to hem them. Also they are hand wash only and no tumble dry. I wish they had more options in the length.
October 14, 2014
Great looking jeans that are protective and have a comfortable feel. I could wear these jeans all day if the knee pads are removed. Awesome, but expensive.
September 10, 2014
These Should Be Rated Higher!
The Alpinestars Hellcat Kevlar Jeans are everything I have been searching for in a riding jean. You may be put off by the price, but rest assured these are worth it--especially if you are looking for a protective pant that you can wear on and off the bike.
Sizing / Comfort / Style: I'm 5'11 170lbs 32 waist. I wear Dainese Hard Shorts when I ride so I usually get a 34 pant to accommodate them. 34 in the Hellcat fits perfectly--not too snug. The stretch panel at the back isn't something you find in typical riding denim and definitely aids comfort and motion when seated. Cut and style are just what I was hoping for. The dark wash isn't accurately captured in the product photo. It is a nice deep dark wash with gold/amber contrast stitching. But probably the best feature of all is the ZIPPERED HEM! This allows you to wear protective boots such as the Sidi ST's with your jeans. Most other jeans I've tried were too fashion focused and the boot opening wasn't large enough to fit over my Sidi's.
Protection: I was comforted to see the large Kevlar panels on the seat that also continue down the sides. I previously tried the S/S Run with the Bulls Jeans that seemed to have the absolute bare minimum amount of paneling to be called kevlar jeans. The absence of CE hip protectors isn't that big of a deal to me since I usually wear armored shorts (although 5mm hip pads are included). What impressed me the most however were the CE knee protectors included with these jeans! They are 3 layers thick, layered in a design similar to the Rev'it Seesoft back protector. They offer great coverage of the knee and continue somewhat down the shin. They are much more substantial and inspire greater confidence than the Dainese pro-shape knee protectors I am most familiar with. The Astars knee protectors line up perfectly for me, but for those for whom they don't, sell them and consider getting a set of strapping knee guards!
So to sum up these pants were everything I was looking for in a riding jean. In my view the Hellcats strike a great balance of style and protection, and are way more versatile than a more focused textile touring pant or race leathers. I think I may need to go and sell my Dainese Nevada 0K jeans now. . .
May 30, 2014
No body wants nasty road rashes, this jeans is stylish, convenient and most importantly protects you from those road rashes and most common leg impacts upon an accident.
May 26, 2014
Not your average 501s
you know.... i've got to say, "i love these jeans".
very cliche to say for a 'hardcore kneedragging greese monkey' right?
it's true, i will say it again, i love these jeans. they fit well, they do not look awkward, they ARE NOT all skinny leg nut huggers, and they are made of HIGH QUALITY jean material. the knee and hip padding do not feel too bulky and i am able to wear these jeans for an entire work day around the office with no discomfort.
I am 5'10" 160 with and normally wear size 33 jeans for a looser/baggier fit. i went with a size 32 and it worked perfectly for me waist-wise.
my 1st complaint is the length which i would guessimate is around 34/35, too long for me to wear with normal shoes without dragging on the floor but works perfectly with my smx-plus.
my 2nd complaint is that the pants sit too high on the hips, and pretty much comes up to my belly button, but i have to remmeber that this is protection gear after all.
April 8, 2014